JCADA's legal services are 100% free of charge and can be accessed in addition to or separately from clinical services.
JCADA assists survivors of power-based violence (including intimate partner violence, sexual assault, dating abuse, elder abuse, stalking, and harassment) without regard to income, race, national origin, ability, background, faith, gender, immigration status, or sexual orientation.
Leaving an abusive relationship is scary enough. Entering into legal action can feel almost paralyzing. But we are here for you, and will help you through every step.
JCADA provides victims of power-based violence with direct legal representation in:
Crime Victims’ Rights Representation
DISCLAIMER: JCADA is not able to provide representation except as described above. JCADA cannot guarantee representation, but we will try to refer you to an appropriate attorney.
INFORMATION AND REFERRALS
Power-based violence can affect many areas of a victim’s life, including custody, disability benefits, bankruptcy, taxes, immigration, and more.
In these cases, JCADA works to empower victims by:
Sharing family law resources to initiate a case
Connecting survivors to immigration service providers
Discussing landlord-tenant issues associated with POs
Hosting legal seminars and Know Your Rights workshops for clients on other legal issues affecting survivors.
IMPORTANT TERMS FOR VICTIMS
Navigating the legal side of power-based violence is complicated. The two definitions below are helpful for victims to know because they impact the next steps.
Protective Orders: If granted, POs help survivors by ordering abusers to stay away from victims, victims' homes, and/or victims' places of employment. Depending on the relationship between the victim and their abuser, these orders may also include other relief such as child custody/visitation orders, financial support, use and possession of a car, pet, and more.
Crime Victims' Rights: Victims have the right to be informed of the status of their criminal case, to be present in the courtroom, to give a Victim Impact Statement, to know when their abuser is released from jail or prison, and more. JCADA's attorneys can help victims assert these rights and advocate prosecutors on behalf of survivors.